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Home Insulation – Types of Insulation

insulation-free-assessmentOnce you have decided which parts of the house you would like to insulate – roof cavity, underfloor or walls – you need to research the types of home insulation products that are available and select the one that meets your needs best.

Take into consideration the thermal performance which is measured in R-values – the higher the R-value the more efficient the insulation.

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Check the insulation’s specifications in terms of pest- and fire-resistance. Read up on the chemicals used in the product’s manufacture and their possible toxicity. Finally, look at the cost but remember to factor the efficiency of the product and your potential savings over time into the overall price.

Armed with that information, you can study the types of insulation available before making your final selection.

Blankets for House Insulation:  These products are woven from fibres like fibreglass, polyester or wool. They are flexible, just like regular blankets, and most often come in rolls. The blankets are cut into widths that fit the standard spacings between wall studs and the ceiling and floor joists of a typical house. The material is easy to cut into smaller pieces so that it can be fitted around doors and windows.

Blankets can be fitted inside an open wall or ceiling during construction or home renovation.

Loose Fill for House Insulation:  Loose fill material for insulation consists of loose fibres or fibre pellets which are usually made from cellulose (recycled plant-based matter like newspaper), fibreglass and rock wool.

The installation of this form of insulation is done using specialist equipment which blows the product into the selected space. During construction or renovation, loose-fill insulation can be sprayed directly into the cavities between wall studs or ceiling joists so that it fills the space completely. A specific type of adhesive may be used to prevent slumping.

Loose-fill insulation is perfect for irregularly-shaped areas and for filling in around obstructions. It also fits snugly against air gaps around light switches.

Rigid House Insulation:  This type of insulation comes in the form of rigid panels which can be made from fibrous materials, plastic or foam. The panels are typically placed on the outside of house walls then covered with exterior cladding.

Although you can complete all the necessary research yourself about the best type of insulation for your home, it is much easier to consult an expert. That way, you can be sure you will make the right choice for your house, your budget and your needs.

Please contact us to see how we can help you.

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